Munch and Learn
The program will begin with sharing lunch and discussing the recipe of the day. The children will engage in a pretend to shopping activity to purchase ingredients for their cooking.
Using the recipe, the children will step through the cooking experience, working in pairs to encourage verbal interaction.
Discussion about happenings will occur constantly throughout the activity with a focus on predicting, problem solving and sequencing language.
The children will read a story related to the dish of the day, and finally sample their food. They will receive a Recipe Card to take home, and activities based around the story.
Munch and Learn was developed for children with hearing loss the opportunity to practice conversational skills with peers in a safe and engaging environment. The goals of Munch and Learn are to develop:
- Effective communication strategies with peers
- Effective conversational skills such as turn-taking, topic maintenance in a group context
- Early literacy knowledge
- A wider vocabulary repertoire based around cooking, recipes and food
- Independence with hearing technology
- Receptive and expressive language structures and skills
Hear and Say is an NDIS provider and our Munch and Learn program is eligible to be funded by the NDIS.
At 9.10pm on 24 October 2013 our beautiful daughter Maia was born.
The moment of elation was short-lived as we immediately noticed her left ear was missing. I frantically looked to the medical team around me for answers but received none.
Panic set in as we waited 4 days in hospital for an ENT to explain her condition, by which point we already had all the answers from Simone, who runs the Microtia and Atresia Program at Hear and Say.